Commercial Cannabis Production - Ecology & Horticulture:
My current focus is understanding how variation in abiotic and biotic factors influences Cannabis growth and yield of floral biomass and secondary metabolites (e.g., cannabinoids and terpenes). To this end, I work with my industrial partners, and the University of Guelph to study the effects of pests and pathogens, rootzone environments, nutrition, and light (quantity and quality) on Cannabis ecophysiology. I'm also interested in age and density-dependent effects on Cannabis growth and yield. For example, what is the optimal time in the reproductive phase to maximize yield and potency? See figures from some research in prep.
Field-crops, Agroforests, and woodlots: Pyrogenic carbon represents an incredibly stable pool of carbon in the soil; its use as a soil amendment is thus considered a critical climate change mitigation technology that enhances overall carbon sequestration. Encouraged by the improved ecophysiology of plants observed in my work, and motivated to find real solutions to climate change, I recently led a project comparing the responses of plants to pyrogenic soil carbon applied in conventional land-use systems in climate-vulnerable Bangladesh. Pyrogenic carbon significantly improved photosynthesis and productivity of tea (Camellia sinensis) in degraded tea estates; and facilitated the growth and recruitment of canopy trees, and enhanced the photosynthesis of some understory species in a regenerating deciduous Dipterocarp forest (In prep).